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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Hardin-Central Bulldogs kept their record clean through the early stages of the 2013-14 basketball season with a 58-49 win over Norborne in Friday night’s title game of the Hardin-Central Tournament.
It was also the third consecutive Hardin-Central championship in as many tries for the Bulldogs who improved to 4-0 for the season.
The Bulldogs took control early, but the Pirates would not go away easily. The first half began with both offenses lighting up the scoreboard, but the second half turned into a defensive matchup as Hardin-Central took advantage of its chances at the free throw line.
After missing their only free throw attempt in the third quarter, the Dawgs converted 6 of 12 chances in the fourth quarter, while Norborne made just one of its 7 free throw attempts through the final two periods.
The Dawgs had three players lead a balanced scoring attack – led by Wyatt Craven’s 14 points. Daniel White hit for 11 points, followed by Clif Kugler with 10. Kugler ended the night with a double double as he added 14 rebounds.
Craven got the Dawgs going in the opening period as he hit all three of his 3-pointers and added one more bucket inside the arc. Craven’s third trey of the quarter boosted Hardin-Central to a 22-9 lead with 3:06 remaining in the opening quarter.